[gmx-users] Unphysical minimization results inconsistent within simulation

Kimberly Bowal klb83 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Jan 22 16:38:58 CET 2018

Thank you Justin.  Neither my MD or MC simulations are using PBC so I don't
think atomic overlap is the problem.

To help see this, here are snapshots of the whole molecular cluster before (
https://photos.app.goo.gl/dDUJ8f2s3MXyfTSw2) and after (
https://photos.app.goo.gl/tGReLmIYVFD4038s1) minimization. As you can see,
not all of the molecules are crumpled and crumpled molecules are found
throughout the cluster.

One thought is that the input molecule geometries from the MC code (which
are showing the behaviour pictured above) have slightly longer bond lengths
than the input molecule geometries that are minimised successfully.
However if that were the issue, why would I see some molecules in the
cluster affected and others not?


> > Hello,
> >
> > When minimizing a cluster of simple aromatic molecules, GROMACS will run
> > but gives me unphysical results (some molecules are crumpled into a ball
> > and the energies are NaN).  I have gone through the topology file and
> can't
> > find an issue, and when I use the same topology file with a different
> > geometry file of a cluster of the same molecules (generated in a
> different
> > way), I have no issues.  I know this issue often is due to atomic
> overlap,
> > but I can't see this at all in my system.
> >
> > I believe this problem is my .gro input file, which I am getting from a
> > Monte Carlo program, but I can't understand why it would cause an issue.
> > One thing in particular that confuses me is that within the same cluster
> of
> > molecules (.gro file from MC program), some of the molecules are fine and
> > others are messed up.
> > To illustrate, here are snapshots of two molecules in the cluster (others
> > not shown) before the minimisation: https://photos.app.goo.gl/
> > AHcV4qagnSurbDT12
> > and the same two molecules after minimisation: https://photos.
> > app.goo.gl/91sLieiUuUB1SHkm1
> >
> > I'm happy to include the contents of any input files if that would be
> > helpful - please let me know.
> Are molecules overlapping via PBC? Is your MC code PBC-aware? The
> example you showed appears to manifest large displacements of both
> molecules, suggesting that you may be using a very small box and the
> molecules are actually overlapping, so one is fine and the other gets
> trashed.
> -Justin
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